Let’s face it—everyone needs some extra juice in the head from time to time. Perhaps on occasion your focus is a little jaded all of a sudden while at work or out socialising. Luckily for us, today’s technologies enable the foggy-minded to improve their concentration without the need for drugs. Here are 13 mobile and cloud apps designed to give you that extra zing where it’s needed the most.
As its name implies, Brain Train forces your brain to remember letter sequences, calculate math problems, and other memory/cognitive improvement tasks.
We’ve all found ourselves suddenly grumpy and a little snappy at times. Happify will attempt to convert those groans and grumbles into smiles and giggles.
This app will keep your brain sharp with over 360 progressively difficult games for improving memory, concentration, problem solving, and a host of other cranial functions. Your brain will get a proper workout and your progress can be monitored inside the app.
You won’t even realise your brain is being trained with Clockwork Brain’s friendly robot assistant guiding you along numerous games and tasks. The app is designed to be more fun than challenging, but this isn’t to say you won’t see improvements after using it.
Most of us are constantly forgetting passwords, pin numbers, mobile numbers, and the like. Eidetic was designed to condition your brain to more readily retain these types of information. The app uses a methodology called “spaced repetition” for improving the brain’s data retention capabilities.
No, that’s not a typo. The premise here is to plug the hole in the story using riddles and other mind-training tasks. The app takes you on a compelling journey that will make you forget that you’re training anything!
Price: Free (limited access)
Arguably the most popular offering on this list, Lumosity does most everything these other apps do—with results almost guaranteed. Apparently, one session a day is enough to kick your brain into high gear.
Do you find yourself frequently stressed out? Personal Zen is aimed at calming your nerves, allowing you to unwind after a tough day at the office. This app isn’t there to fire your brain into thinking more, but instead for helping to relieve your stress and anxiety.
Braingle is purportedly the largest database of user-submitted brain teasters, puzzles, and brain exercises on the internet. The resource is helpful for sharpening up your logical reasoning and memory skills in a fun and interactive manner.
Perhaps the coolest of the lot and arguably the most critical. Originally designed for post-traumatic stress disorder sufferers, the app assigns a positive task for you to carry out that will enlighten your mood.
Using three separate game modes—sequence, math, and rectangles—this app does exactly what it says on the tin. Not only will it ease your brain into improving, it will allow you to keep track of progress with easy-to-understand graphs and tables.
This is app is to the point, easy-to-use, and very popular. If you’re looking for a good old-fashioned brain training app, CogniFitness might be for you.
Like the Positive Activity Jackpot app, Relief Link is a mental conditioning app that answers to a higher calling—in this case, the app is designed for suicide prevention purposes.
These days, mental and cognitive improvements are only a click or swipe away. The preceding apps serve to illustrate that extra brainpower can be had for free or inexpensively with the help of technology.